Kolkata Woman Begins Abortion Procedure | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The Kolkata woman who was granted permission by the Supreme Court to terminate her 26-week pregnancy was admitted to SSKM Hospital on Tuesday.
Admitted to the gynecology department, she will abort her fetus – suffering from an irreversible heart disease – by a non-surgical intervention which can take up to two days.
The procedure will be overseen by the seven-member expert committee formed last week to assess the condition of the foetus. In its report, the committee had mentioned that the fetus was indeed suffering from an incurable disease and had endorsed the woman’s request for an abortion on the grounds that the birth of the child could affect the mental health of the mother.
Shortly after the woman was admitted on Tuesday afternoon, she was put on medication under the supervision of Subhas Biswas, Head of Gynecology Department, SSKM. It could take 48 hours to complete the procedure which mimics a normal childbirth or C-section, it has been revealed.
“It’s no different than delivering a live baby. Usually it’s a non-surgical method and uses drugs that cause the uterus to contract, open and eject the fetus which either comes out naturally or is surgically extracted. The risk to her In fact, it is much safer than the thousands of illegal abortions that are performed in unsanitary conditions by quacks,” said Nikhil Datar, a Mumbai-based health activist and gynecologist who helped the woman file her petition to the Supreme Court.
Prominent heart surgeon Devi Shetty, who checked the woman’s medical reports, said the court’s verdict was a step in the right direction. He added, however, that it was time to change the existing law on termination of pregnancy and allow abortions up to at least 28 weeks in cases like this. “The fetus suffers from a condition called cardiac atresia which cannot be cured even by multiple surgeries. There is a high chance that the child will have died within a month of birth. quality of life would have been extremely poor and it could I never grew up to be a normal adult. Obviously that would have taken a heavy toll on the mental state of the parents,” said Shetty from Bengaluru.
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